Wednesday, October 11, 2017

New Past Time

Back in January of this year I finally taught myself to crochet.  I have always crocheted a little, just to finish a knit project or something simple but didn't know how to follow a pattern to complete a project all crocheted.  At a craft store I had picked up a book Teach Yourself to Crochet and it was for 18" doll cloths.  Perfect!  It was total Greek to me lol.  But I persevered and now I really enjoy it as much as knitting.

One of the projects had me really confused and I contacted my sister-in-law for help.  She said "Oh, that's just a Granny Square stitch".  Good to know, but how do you do it?  After a few texts back and forth and watching a video or two I learned to really like it and decided when we got home I'd make an afghan with all the colorful yarns I have in my stash.  Have to say I love the finished project.  I made one for myself and my daughter liked it so I made one for her.

My sister-in-law said that you can use any similar weight yarn but to do the outer row and connecting row in the same color.  Traditionally it's done in black but I like the chocolate brown I used. It's still a dark color and but a little softer than black.

The first one just had a double crochet shell around the outside edge to finish it all.  The second one I made I used all the different colors to make the border.

I like to do small knit or crochet projects during the winter and for this winter I found a book using a lot of different knit stitches to make an afghan.  All one color but different squares using different patterns.  I'll post when finished...hopefully next Spring.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Slab City California

I think I've figured out how to add pictures to a post on my Mac.  Still not sure if it will work every time but I'll take this and run with it.

Back in February 2015 we were in the Arizona/California area.  We'd always heard of and were looking forward to visiting Slab City in California.  We kind of knew what to expect but it was still an eye opener.  

Because this was so long ago I don't remember all of the details about the location and hope I'll be able to post on the road when everything is fresh in my mind.

Just wanted to get this out there and see if it worked.